Inbetween Land On Sale For Limited Time

Inbetween Land On Sale For Limited Time

Sep 22, 2014

Game publisher G5 is putting Inbetween Land on sale.

From the press release:

This week, G5 invites you on a mysterious adventure to another world at up to an 80% discount! Are you ready for a breathtaking investigation on a floating island? Then download Inbetween Land for only 99¢ to your iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and for $1.99 to iPad or Mac, and prepare to test your puzzle solving skills. Offer is good from September 22nd-28th. Hurry to catch the lowest price!

In Inbetween Land, you find out that one of your childhood friends has disappeared and is possibly aboard a mysterious flying island. Through mini-games and fragmented hidden object areas, you piece together the details of your friend’s disappearance and how it ties into the floating Sky Island.

The city’s mundane rhythm is suddenly disrupted by the emergence of a flying island high in the sky. Though the island initially appears to be deserted, the citizens realize that they are not alone in the universe. Before long, the island becomes a tourist attraction, increasing revenues and crime. Then one day, Mary, who works at the city orphanage goes missing after a beam of light is seen coming from the island above. That’s where you come in. You play as her friend, and soon find out Mary brought a mysterious artifact from the island and then vanished. Following the clues Mary left, you will have to open a portal to the flying land, save her and help an extraterrestrial civilization that desperately wants to restore their home. Explore the creepy island, make friends with the spirits of the island’s people, solve challenging puzzles, find missing crystals and bring your friend back home in this absorbing adventure.

Inbetween Land has all the key features to provide a delightful gaming experience: soft music, engrossing Sci-Fi themed plot and three game modes – Casual, Normal and Expert – so you can adjust the desired level of difficulty. You also have a useful journal add-in that keeps track of the story and tasks to accomplish. But what really makes this game stand out, is its glorious visuals. Fantastic scenery, comic-like cut scenes and witty puzzles will glue casual game fans to their devices and let them fully enjoy Inbetween Land. The game is developed by Specialbit Studio and published on iOS, Android and Mac by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

52 Fascinating locations to explore
19 Thought-provoking mini games
3 Game modes: Casual, Normal, Expert
4 Engaging comics
Out-of-this-world storyline

From September 22nd to September 28th, the game can be had for $0.99 on the Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

[Source: G5 Press Release]

The Secret Society Gets Update

The Secret Society Gets Update

Sep 19, 2014

G5 has updated The Secret Society in a major way.

Per the Press Release:

The Secret Society needs you – the Order’s Artifact seems to get into the hands of your worst enemy. Update The Secret Society® – Hidden Mystery to version 1.10 right away and help Seekers to collect clues left by Richard, examine mysterious meteorite fragments and crack the riddle of this theft!

The long-awaited 1.10 update is out on Google Play now. New plot twists of the latest version and over 100 quests are ready to involve you into new fantastic investigations. It is absolutely FREE, supplies weeks of delightful gaming experience, faster and smoother gameplay, an amiable new avatar and more bonuses. Add more challenge and delight to your spare time!

What’s New in Version 1.10:

The long-awaited update to your favorite game, The Secret Society, is finally here!

NEW HIDDEN OBJECT SCENE – Treasure Island is very mysterious and immensely challenging, just the way you like it!
MORE QUESTS AND COLLECTIONS – Over 100 new quests and 16 new collections. Can you solve and gather them all?
SPECIAL MAGIC BUTTERFLIES – Collect these beautiful creatures and earn loads of incredible rewards!
TALLY THE TALISMANS – Find new talismans to get more crystals and coins at reduced prices!
MEMORY IMPROVEMENTS – Enjoy faster and more comfortable play!

About the game:

In The Secret Society – Hidden Mystery you join the Order of Seekers, a secret society of people with a unique ability to move inside magic worlds. You travel through photographs in search for clues to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of your missing uncle, and to prevent the dangers threatening the entire Secret Society. You will look for myriad of clues in photographs you move within. These clues, if gathered together with others, will expand even further the world you’re traveling and serve to help you unravel the mysteries you’re tasked with. Some of these puzzles are harder than others, but on the whole, you will find The Secret Society – Hidden Mystery polished and engaging.

The game offers a completely engaging and wholly entertaining experience. Exploring the pictures is done via a map, which shows all of the pictures you can visit. You’ll unlock additional pictures as you progress. When you enter a picture you’re given a list of items – sometimes listed in text form, other times as silhouettes, sometimes one, sometimes a piece that’s broken into a multiple – and you’ll need to find them before time runs out. You will be revisiting the same pictures, but as you progress the challenges will get more diabolical as you will have to find more and more items in a very short allotted time. In addition you will play puzzle games such as memory, pipes or a maze to find additional pieces.

There’s a whole range of different helpful items and powerups, which includes everything from hints that point out objects you can’t find to flashlights that light up the night time levels. You’ll collect these as you complete rooms, but they can also be purchased with the game’s premium currency. Take advantage of a compass that will locate the item, dynamite that will clear it from your list, pocket watch that will add time if you cannot complete a level within allowed minutes. Other power ups include ancient talismans, tools, food and drinks that you can purchase from within the game with coins you collect while playing the scenes or via in-app purchases. Collect all of the awards, to level up quicker; share your progress with friends and get special bonuses.

Meet interesting characters, fulfill engaging missions, discover new magic worlds and learn the secrets of the Order of Seekers. The fantastic blend of hidden object tasks and puzzles in The Secret Society – Hidden Mystery will entertain the avid adventure, hidden object and puzzle gamers. The game is developed by MyTona and published by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

Nearly 1600 quests to keep you entertained for hours
23 amazing locations full of interesting characters
240+ сollections of hidden objects to piece together
Gem Match mini-game: swap and match gems to get 3 in a row!
Ingenious mini-games puzzles wrapped in mystery
Regular updates with additional quests and more

The app is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store. The update trailer is below.

My KODAK Moments App Gets Update That Brings New Video Feature

My KODAK Moments App Gets Update That Brings New Video Feature

Sep 19, 2014

The My KODAK Moments App recently received an update that brings an interesting new video generation feature.

Now, users can try out the “Tell My Story” feature. This feature allows users of the app to select any three device-hosted images and to cobble them together with voice-overs. Kodak Alaris promises users a more engaging, personalized sharing experience, and it helps that the resultant product can be shared via social networks, text and email.

The new features are in addition to existing, including printing and ordering via device, and the ability to connect to KODAK kiosks via wi-fi.

The app showcases the continued innovation of the reborn company; Kodak Alaris Chief Ralf Gerbershagen talks about what drives the Kodak Alaris. “In a world where we capture more images and share more images than ever before, we’re passionate about helping people capture, keep, share, relive and celebrate their precious moments as easily as possible,” he says. “We’re driven by a simple belief – to help consumers find a better way. It drives us to keep innovating and push the boundaries between the physical (retail space) and digital (mobile/PC) environments.”

The updated My KODAK Moments app is available for free on the Play Store.

[Source: Kodak Press Release]

StatCounter unveils new Android App

StatCounter unveils new Android App

Sep 19, 2014

Webmasters rejoice!

Well-known analytics measuring entity StatCounter has just released an app for Android.

The app brings a lot of what StatCounter is known for to Android devices; as soon as a user is signed in, the user can (per the StatCounter blog):

- Compare your traffic trends for this week versus last week
- Examine recent visitors
- View your most popular pages
- Check where your traffic came from
- Plus much more

The app is available for free on the Play Store.

[Source: StatCounter Blog]

Augmented Reality Game Ingress Gets New How-To Video

Augmented Reality Game Ingress Gets New How-To Video

Sep 19, 2014

Ingress has a way inserting itself into conversation.

I was at an informal reunion of my wife’s class, held at a restaurant last winter. As the evening wore on, I happened to over hear one of my wife’s old classmates talking about “hacking” with his wife.

Boom. I lost track of time. We talked about strategies, local hotspots, the challenges of playing as a couple and making friends with the “enemy.”

Some of the others at the table were curious about what elicited such engaged conversation. As anyone that plays Ingress can tell you though, you almost have to play it to get it. Google’s Niantic Labs’ augmented reality thriller is especially interesting, but also quite hard to explain. Thus, we probably sounded like a few techno geeks on a smartphone high.

We probably didn’t do a good job of recruiting, but I blame the developer.

Thankfully, Niantic Labs has released a new video that helps in situations like this. This new video does a great job at discussing gameplay basics:

Ingress remains free on the Play Store.

[Source: Androidcentral]

Gold Rush Sim 1849 Receives Silver-Themed Expansion Pack

Gold Rush Sim 1849 Receives Silver-Themed Expansion Pack

Sep 18, 2014

1849, a simulation game based on the Gold Rush of the 19th Century, has just received a new expansion pack. The new pack, named Nevada Silver, expands the game on a different prospecting track.

About 1849: Nevada Silver
The original 1849 puts players in the well-worn boots of a true forty-niner — building, managing, and mining twenty towns clustered in California’s iconic Gold Country. Story mode challenges players to complete self-contained scenarios, while an endless Sandbox mode invites marathon open-ended play.*

The new 1849: Nevada Silver expansion pack carries the simulation into neighboring Nevada to present six challenging new scenarios set during the Comstock Silver Rush, ten years after the Gold Rush kicked off in California. With trains moving goods between distant cities, steam-powered mills boosting production, and more complex mining processes yielding deeply hidden riches, 1849: Nevada Silver expands on 1849′s addictive gameplay to provide even more challenge on a bustling new frontier.

*At launch, the mobile versions of 1849 only had Story mode. Sandbox mode has since been added in a free update, meaning both Story and Sandbox mode are now included on all platforms.

The game itself is available for $4.99; the expansion pack is an extra $1.99 via in-app purchase.

Leo’s Fortune Goes On Sale On Google Play

Leo’s Fortune Goes On Sale On Google Play

Sep 18, 2014

Leo’s Fortune, the memorable platform game from 1337 & Senri, is going on sale.

The game is a mash-up of adventure and puzzles, with scenery to match. It chronicles Leopold, an interestingly looking furball, and features, leaderboards, cloud saves, Android TV optimization and gamepad functionality.

From the Play Store datasheet:

• VOYAGE
through lush environments from mossy forests and arid deserts, to pirate cities and snowy mountains.
• SURVIVE
vicious traps and solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels of treacherous platform adventure.
• FOLLOW
the trail of gold and uncover the truth behind Leo’s stolen fortune in this award-winning platformer.
Finish Leo’s Fortune to unlock Hardcore Mode: try to beat the whole game without dying, a rare feat among players of this epic platform adventure! Compete with your friends to beat as many levels as you can in the fastest time possible.
Leo’s Fortune supports Game Controllers and Gamepads made for Android devices, Cloud Save, Leaderboards and Achievements.

Leo’s Fortune can be purchased on the Play Store for $2.99. There isn’t any word on how long the sale will be live, so get in on it while it’s hot!

Disney’s Star Wars: Commander Lands On Android

Disney’s Star Wars: Commander Lands On Android

Sep 18, 2014

Today, Disney has officially released Star Wars: Commander on Android OS.

Based on the iconic franchise its name is derived from, this strategy thriller transports players to a time of Galactic Civil War. Players get to choose sides, build assets and challenge other players.

Excerpts from the official press release:

Disney’s #1 free to play mobile game, Star Wars: Commander, officially launched today on Android and Windows enabled devices. Star Wars™: Commander is a free-to-play combat strategy game that has fans joining either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire to recruit and lead an unstoppable force across the Star Wars™ galaxy in epic battles to claim ultimate victory for their side.
In addition to launching on Android and Windows, Disney plans to continue to update the game with new stories and characters that allow players to interact with the Star Wars universe in a fun and interactive way.

Star Wars: Commander is available for free (with in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

Askem Now Available on Android

Askem Now Available on Android

Sep 16, 2014

Q&A app Askem, originally launched on iOS last year, has made its way to Android devices.

The self-described image-based social application works to help get feedback on questions with the use of image and applied pop-up text. It also breaks down the statistics from the answers.

Askem chief Itai Herman talks about the engagement aspect. “Social Media is about crowdsourcing information and opinions to enhance our own lifestyle, and people enjoy both contributing and receiving input within this setting,” he says. “Askem gives people the opportunity to reach out to their circles in a fun, highly engaging, and useful way. We are excited to expand our reach into these new markets and offer users a creative and unique way to ask any question and get the answers they need quickly.”

Excerpt from the press release:

Askem, the Israeli startup that developed the leading visual question and answer (Q&A) app, announced today that the platform is available for Android Google Play and Amazon Fire. The decision to move ahead with an Android-friendly version was the result of high demand from Askem users and the expectancy that Android users will reach 1 billion worldwide in 2014. Today, Askem boasts 500,000 users worldwide and plans to add more innovative features in the coming months.

First launched for iOS in 2013, Askem’s easy-to-use, interactive Q&A app enables users to upload images and poll their social universe to get answers to everyday questions in real time. The app offers segmented analytics to users, which are broken down into different categories including gender. Askem for Android and Fire will have matching capabilities to the iOS version.

Other Q&A apps exist, but none measure up to Askem in terms of look and feel, customization and specialized features. Askem users can upload images and create up to five unique answer choices when many other platforms limit their users to a binary choice. Shareable on all major social media platforms, Askem is focused on providing users with a fun way to interact with friends and followers by questioning anything from fashion choices to top travel destinations and the best restaurants to try.

To date, the company has raised $1.85M from prominent investors Microsoft Ventures, Disruptive VC and Joey Low of Star Farm Ventures.

The app is available for free on both the Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

My App Addiction: HanDBase

My App Addiction: HanDBase

Sep 16, 2014

Oh boy…

I had just officially started as the new editor of Android Rundown. I had just received 72 emails, a directive or two from above, and was trying to figure out the management piece in the deep end. Scary stuff, trust me.

One element that I had to master — and master quickly — was the budgeting piece. This is key with regards to any publication: controlling costs and charting output allows one to manage the creative process in a reasonable manner. Getting a bead on what type of articles are being written is exceptionally important.

I needed a good tool… something that I could rely on tell help me sort and organize the data I had, and also do calculations using the inputted data. Now, I could use an Excel sheet, yes, but the solution that works even better for me is one I have used across platforms for a very long time: HanDBase. I have used this nifty program for quite a while, across several platforms, and it remains an important piece in my personal productivity puzzle.

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HanDBase is a database app at its heart. If there is a specific data collection need, HanDBase can be used to create and manipulate the data. Movie collections, patient billing, repair logs… you name it. I use it to collate health stats, which I then email to my doctor directly from the app. I also use it as a clock-in utility, and, with the help of its developer, got a custom data spreadsheet for my writers, which gives my an idea of how we are doing as a writing unit. Basically, HanDBase is an app that allows me to create apps hosted within it; no need for other apps, because this app is so flexible.

Part of my personal solution is the optional desktop companion, which syncs to the app via local wi-fi. I can also share specific databases with other HanDBase users. One of my favorite features is the support; there is a whole gallery of categorized database templates crafted by members and the developer. Also, there are forums and email support is topnotch.

When it comes to evaluating cross-platform apps that allow folks to get things done on the move, it’s hard not appreciate HanDBase. Scarily enough, there’s still room to grow, and the folks at DDH seem quite willing to push the envelope. Simply put, I refuse to use a mobile platform that does not have this app available.

Android? Why?

Android? Why?

Sep 15, 2014

Talk about first world problems…

I was faced with a problem recently. I had an upgrade to burn, and I didn’t feel like burning it. Now, to give some context here, I love mobile technology. If I could afford it, I would buy EVERY mobile device on EVERY platform. Literally. Just to play with ‘em. I love my technology that much.

I’m a bit more circumspect when it comes to my daily driver. For a device to earn that honor, it has to do a lot, as I am a picky boss. I could go on and on about my specific mobile needs, but that is a post for another day. Suffice to say, my HTC EVO LTE 4G was getting a bit long in the tooth, I had been due for an upgrade for about 12 months and I couldn’t decide if I wanted to upgrade devices, much less what I wanted to upgrade to.

I faced the same issue when I was looking to replace my original HTC EVO 4G.  No horrible need to get new hardware… and eventually I did the easy thing and stayed with the new EVO. Like the original, this one was unlocked and rooted within minutes of getting home, and I went ahead and immersed myself in the glories of refreshed hardware and newer custom software.android puzzle

When its all said and done, I like holding on to devices. I skipped the HTC One M7, not because it was not a fantastic device, but because it wasn’t enough of an increased value proposition for me at that time. Free and clear? It might have tempted me, but I didn’t see myself spending the cash for what wasn’t enough of an upgrade for my needs at that specific time.

Part of the problem is that since I review hardware, formally and informally, I’ve developed a “what’s next” syndrome. Can it be that I have unconsciously insulated myself from the lure of the never-ending new Android devices? Maybe. I’d be insolvent otherwise.  At this point in the game, when all the features are measured, it just feels like there is a serious degree of parity. And I believe that in the end, this is Android’s hidden strength: the OEMs are forced to shoot for the stars while simultaneously dragging each other on an upward trajectory. this is why, for me at least, picking a new device is delightfully difficult. Look at all the choices, and the competitive prices. We can choose to be very, very picky.

So, in the end, it boiled down to a very simplistic reason. Most current-ish devices can do what I want the way I want them; most are sleek, and several have a lot of third-party accessories.

So what ended up being the choice maker for me?  Wait for it… I liked the aluminum uni-body of the HTC One M8. So there.

Don’t judge me. Android allows folks to be frivolous.

[Image courtesy of Tsahi Levent-Levi via Flickr Creative Commons]

Spirit of Wandering is on Sale For $0.99 For Limited Time

Spirit of Wandering is on Sale For $0.99 For Limited Time

Sep 15, 2014

G5′s hidden object mystery thriller Spirit of Wandering — The Legend is on sale at $0.99 for Android and Kindle devices. The sale will run from September 15th through the 21st.

From the press release:

It’s time for another hot deal from G5 – this week only, Spirit of Wandering – The Legend goes on sale for only 99¢ for iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, and only $1.99 for iPad and Mac. From September 15th-21st, you can save up to 70% on this hidden object adventure on your favorite device. Hurry, offer ends soon!

Spirit of Wandering – The Legend is a challenging adventure game about female pirate captain who has lost her beloved husband and crew when her ship, the Spirit of Wandering, was attacked by the infamous ghost ship the Flying Dutchman. Sail the seas with a pirate captain in search of her lost love in this immersive hidden object quest. She is the only person of the crew who wasn’t imprisoned in the spirit world. You must help her find cherished items in six picturesque locations in order to free everybody she loves. Collect normal items to find cherished items, searching for them over a pirate port, an island village, a grotto under the water and the decks of the Flying Dutchman. Use powerful tools such as the Crystal Orb, a trusty compass and the help of fellow prisoners to find hidden objects that are drifting between the two worlds. Remove the lingering curse and prove that true love can conquer all in this romantic adventure!

The game is developed and published by G5 Entertainment under license from Playrix Entertainment.

Key Features:

6 Gorgeous settings
24 Challenging locations
Over 450 hidden objects
90 cherished items to discover

The game is available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.